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COMPETITION: The Accidental President

Win a signed set of Accidental books by Tom McLaughlin, including The Accidental President! Politics and presidency are hot topics at the moment, which got us thinking: would the world be a better place if kids were in charge? Tell us what law your child would introduce if they were president for the day for … Read more

Book of the Month: Riddle of the Runes

Riddle of the Runes Written by Janina Ramirez and illustrated by David Wyatt ‘A book that every aspiring shield maiden should keep close to her heart if she wants her buckles to truly swash. A tale with a big, warm, wild heart.’ Frank Cottrell-Boyce Abruptly woken in the middle of the night by the village … Read more

Boy coding on his computer

Coding for children: problem-solving, precision, and going unplugged

Back in 2014, the primary curriculum as we knew it was dramatically overhauled in pretty much every area of learning. ICT (information and communication technology) saw some of the biggest changes — namely because it ceased to exist as a subject from that point onwards! It was replaced by computing, which placed a much heavier … Read more

Book of the Month: Magical Kingdom of Birds: The Sleepy Hummingbirds

Magical Kingdom of Birds: The Sleepy Hummingbirds Written by Anne Booth and illustrated by Rosie Butcher To the Keeper of this Book — magic awaits! Magical Kingdom of Birds: The Sleepy Hummingbirds is the first book in an enchanting new series of chapter books celebrating the real-life beauty and wonder of the natural world. Filled … Read more

What is the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check?

If you have a child in Year 1, you may have heard of the phonics screening check. Here we explain what the phonics screening check is and give some helpful tips about how to support your child’s learning. What is the Year 1 phonics screening check? The phonics screening check is taken each June by … Read more

Happyville High

Book of the Month: Happyville High

Happyville High: Geek Tragedy Written and illustrated by Tom McLaughlin Heroic nerds are here to save the day! From the author of the hugely successful Accidental Prime Minister comes a hilarious new series that celebrates super nerds and geeks, with all the wit and humour that kids love! A highly recommended read for fans of … Read more

The word gap: How to build your child’s vocabulary at home

An Oxford University Press report, Why the Word Gap Matters: Oxford Language Report, published this week reveals that both primary and secondary schools teachers are finding that an increasing number of children have a limited vocabulary – a word gap. Without enough words a child will not only find it difficult to understand instructions at … Read more

Planet Stan

Book of the Month: Planet Stan

Planet Stan Written by Elaine Wickson and illustrated by Chris Judge Stanley loves space, calm and pie charts. His younger brother Fred loves dinosaurs, chaos and mess, and is prone to leaving snails under Stanley’s bed and ladybirds in his lunchbox. Surely they must have something in common? With the clock ticking down to the … Read more

Everyday activities to practise subtraction

As you would expect, subtraction is a key concept in the primary maths curriculum. Children start to learn about subtraction in their first year of primary school and it is something they continue to build upon all the way through to Year 6 (Primary 7). Here we have put together some easy activities that you … Read more

Winnie and Wilbur: The Naughty Knight

Book of the Month: Winnie and Wilbur: The Naughty Knight

Winnie and Wilbur: The Naughty Knight Written by Valerie Thomas and illustrated by Korky Paul In this brand-new adventure from Valerie Thomas – with iconic illustrations by Korky Paul – the nation’s most-beloved witch and her ever-patient cat discover what it was like to be a knight in medieval times. With a little magical help … Read more